Your Facebook Password Isn’t Safe. Neither Is Your Android Phone
- Facebook acknowledged a bug that caused hundreds of millions of user passwords (dating back to 2012) for both Facebook and Instagram to be stored as readable text internally.
- A bug that has been present since 2013 allowed hackers to spy on users and gain access to their accounts.
- Users with Android 7 or later should get the fix through Google Chrome updates; Android 5/6 requires a special update through the Google Play store.
- The next time someone talks about weird sports, blow their mind with this: Polo, but with dead goat carcasses.
- The centuries-old central Asian sport, called Buzkashi, is kind of like football, if football was played on horseback and the ball is an actual dead goat.
- The only way to be truly secure on Facebook is to delete your account.
Valve redesigns Steam game library, adding Steam Events
- Valve is making some big changes to Steam in the coming months with the addition of new features like Steam Events and a redesigned look for your game library.
- Kroll showed an example page that displayed a user’s most recently played games at the top of that homepage, with the intention that a Steam user would be able to easily jump into one of their most played games.
- Just below the section of the Steam library page that listed recently played games was a section titled “Your game updates.” As examples, Valve showed a new character update for Don’t Starve Together, a new hero for Dota 2, and the new Danger Zone game mode for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
- The rest of the redesigned Steam library page listed friends activity and a user’s complete collection of games, with filters to help sort and display them.
Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with SwiftKey in 39 more languages
- Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with SwiftKey’s Typing Intelligence in 39 more languages.
- These builds are from the 20H1 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update that will arrive in the first half of next year.
- Windows 10 is being developed as a service, meaning it receives new features on a regular basis.
- This build is for Windows Insiders who have chosen the Skip Ahead option, which only a small subset of Insiders can opt into.
- Normally, that would have meant 19H2 builds, since 19H1 hasn’t been released yet, but Microsoft has chosen to really skip ahead this time around.
- In the October 2018 Update, Microsoft brought SwiftKey’s AI technology to Windows 10.
- Microsoft says it is updating the underlying language model for each language to improve the accuracy of the autocorrections, shapewriting, and predictions.
New Facebook Messenger Feature to Take the Frustration out of Group Chats
- Facebook Messenger is adding a new quoted replies feature that should be especially useful in group chats, where it’s sometimes not clear who is talking to who, making the conversation trickier to follow.
- The new feature was announced on Wednesday, and will be rolled out to the more than 1.2 billion Messenger users who will be able to long press on a message to write a reply, which will quote the message they are responding to.
- Instead of placing a reply under the original message, the new feature will show the message a person is responding to, along with their answer, at the bottom of the conversation, that way everyone can see the latest update to the discussion, without having to scroll up.
- The update comes almost three years after Facebook first began testing encrypted messaging on Messenger with its “secret conversations” feature.
Dyson’s new ambient lamp lasts up to 60 years and has a USB-C port built in
- The first is the Dyson Lightcycle, its desk and floor lamp that can automatically adjust its lighting temperature based on ambient light or time of day.
- The high-end lamp also includes a scheduled lighting mode that gadgets like the new Casper Glow offer: you can now set wake and sleep times to gradually adjust as you prepare to rise or wind down.
- It has a new control panel above the bulb (which Dyson claims can last up to 60 years) that uses touch-capacitive taps and slides to control the power, lighting temperature, and brightness.
- It’s also now connected to the Dyson app where you can set your location so the Lightcycle can match the lighting to the exact lighting conditions based on where you are.
- The company says this is designed for personal uses rather than to cool and clean the whole room, so adding app functionalities didn’t seem like it was necessary.
Windows 10 version 1903 heads for the finish line
- The fast distribution ring has seen two builds arrive this week after two last week, bringing with them no new features but a slowly whittled-down bug list following the development pattern we've seen in previous updates.
- A green-screen-of-death error caused when games with BattlEye anti-cheat software are used has been a feature of the 1903 previews for many months, and Microsoft is still listing it as unresolved.
- The scope and impact of this bug was so significant that the slow distribution ring didn't receive a preview of 1903 for much of its development process; Microsoft felt that it was too likely to affect too many people to be usable.
- Similarly, a second long-standing bug is still ominously appearing on the list of known defects—Creative X-Fi sound cards are (vaguely) "not functioning properly." This problem has been around almost as long as the BattlEye issue; it was first listed as a known flaw in build 18305, released on December 19 last year.
Security firms detail Android and Google Photos vulnerabilities that exposed user data
- With a certain level of access, a bad actor can throw searches at your Google Photos account and use the timing to learn which terms return a result.
- Positive Technologies said in a press release that the vulnerability (CVE-2019-5765) it found affects Android 4.4 and later, and the WebView component is to blame.
- After an update containing a malicious payload, such applications could read information from WebView.” She said that attackers would then have access users’ browser history, authentication tokens, headers, and more.
- Positive Technologies said that absent Google Play on a given device, users need to get a WebView update directly from the device manufacturer.
Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with 2 bug fixes ahead of April 2019 Update
- Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with just two bug fixes.
- The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18358 (made available to testers on March 15) to build 18361.
- These builds are from the 19H1 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update that will arrive in the first half of this year (likely finalized for Windows Insiders this month and rolled out to the public in April).
- Microsoft has released six major updates so far: November Update, Anniversary Update, Creators Update, Fall Creators Update, April 2018 Update, and October 2018 Update.
- We don’t yet know if the next update will be called the Windows 10 April 2019 Update.
- We do know, however, that it will bring Windows 10 to version 1903.
- Also today, Microsoft released a Windows Server vNext build to match.